Biases in the Imposition of the Death Penalty : An investigation into discrimination in the sentencing of Capital Crimes in the United States, 1983-2001

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Biases in the Imposition of the Death Penalty : An investigation into discrimination in the sentencing of Capital Crimes in the United States, 1983-2001

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dc.contributor.advisor Preston, Anne en_US
dc.contributor.author Morgan, Michael en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2007-02-28T20:17:19Z
dc.date.available 2007-02-28T20:17:19Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/591
dc.description.abstract This is an investigation into biases in the capital sentencing process in the United States between the years 1983 to 2001. Its aim is to determine if biases exist due to race, gender, or education level in the sentencing of capital crimes, and if they do, whether they differ by geographic region or change over time. The hypothesis is that these biases do exist, and are strongest in the south but are growing weaker over time. Regression analysis demonstrated that several biases do exist in capital sentencing. Biases exist such that white and male offenders are significantly more likely to receive the death penalty than are non-whites and females. Offenders sentenced in the south and southwest were found to be more likely to be sentenced to death than those sentenced in the west and midwest. Lastly, racial biases were found to be decreasing with the passage of time. Therefore, this study suggests that the sentencing of capital crimes is biased, and these biases differ by region and are decreasing over time. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Dept. of Economics en_US
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
dc.subject.lcsh Discrimination in capital punishment -- United States
dc.subject.lcsh Capital punishment -- United States
dc.title Biases in the Imposition of the Death Penalty : An investigation into discrimination in the sentencing of Capital Crimes in the United States, 1983-2001 en_US
dc.type Thesis (B.A.) en_US


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